High Hopes (1988), Mike Leigh ★★★★★
Two Mike Leigh films this week, High Hopes and All or Nothing. Both with Ruth Sheen, who reminds me of a British Shelley Duvall. She stars with Timothy Spall in All or Nothing (2002), and are both in Mr. Turner (2014). All of the Mike Leigh movies I’ve seen are gems.
Train to Busan (2016), Yeon Sang-ho ★★★
Antonia’s Line (1996), Marleen Gorris ★★★★★
Isn’t it terrible that nothing exists?
That’s why there’s so much.
A.K. (1985), Chris Maker ★★★★★
Seventy four minute documentary with Akira Kurosawa on the slopes of Mt. Fuji making Ran (1985).
Christmas in the Clouds (2001), Kate Montgomery ★★★★★
He used to take pictures with the tourists. Let the little kids ride him. We called him…, Kevin.
Another Woman (1988), Woody Allen ★★★★★
All or Nothing (2002), Mike Leigh ★★★★★
Yeah it was nice. I had that and mash and like green cauliflower stuff.
Oh yeah broccoli.
The Last Waltz (1978), Martin Scorsese ★★★★★
The Handmaiden (2016), Park Chan-wook ★★★★★
TEKKONKINKREET (2007), Michael Arias ★★★★★
And I thought Satoshi Kon was the end all be all. Well, he is, but now there’s Michael Arias. I don’t think he’s an animator like SK, but you can’t have everything.
When the sky turns black why do I feel blue?
An Angel at My Table (1990), Jane Campion ★★★★★
Certain Women (2016), Kelly Reichardt ★★★★★ movie of the week
I see her movies at the theater as soon as I hear about it. Two scenes: one with water flowing by, and another is a close up of two people in a car with the reflection of the clouds and trees passing by, and the conversation gets to the point of being heated and at the same time a mountain starts covering her profile from the neck to the chin to the nose and they’re about to argue and it peaks right around her eyebrows and then it moves down just as things cool off. Very cool camera work.
Three great trailers played before the feature; Julieta (2016), directed by Pedro Almodovar, Personal Shopper (2016), Olivier Assayas, and I, Daniel Blake (2016), Ken Loach. Three movies that I’ll see at the theater.
Ruth Orkin: Frames of Life (1996), Mary Engel ★★★★★